39 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

39 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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Osaka
— 21 nights
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Kyoto
— 16 nights
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Osaka

— 21 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hase-dera Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Kasuga Grand Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Tateriko Shrine (in Nosegawa-mura), Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Zofukuin Temple, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Shanghai, China to Osaka is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Osaka is 1 hour. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 16 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pontocho District and Kennin-ji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: kaijyusenji Temple (in Kizugawa), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate the long history of Sagano, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips